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last remaining american and united states open is out andy roddick losing to rafael nadal. stay tuned for ground zero: chicago remembers. good night.
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at the guys at that were leaving and we were going in and give us an image of a bite of the living dead where they are walking away with a blank stare probably scared me more than anything. >> his first night was one of the hardest. >> we got a call right away
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telling us we were going to hear that you could see there had been a fire all of the fire get crowded all around. >> that would spot firefighters by the coats the reflective stripes and the fabric that did not bird each time fox turned to his old father and sister chicago fire fighters back home. >> working at the medical examiner's office and they brought in a firefighter. when you see a fire butman, you do not forget that. >> journals from york from world trade center >> i both the barricade and stepped into a new york hell one says you are a hero something i never wanted to be. >> nolan says at first very strict about cameras. >> have not seen this in nine years have not open to any of
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this stuff skirted >> as we extract not started to shoot videos and photographs to show the world what they were seeing. >> what we have forged welder's carpenters fired at police never before more part of the team. without the common bond do not think anyone of us would be able to walk back ever again. batt but they worked 12 hours or ships from 6:00 p.m. at night-6 in the morning sleeping in the pews at st. paul's church at the ymca. expected crowds on christmas day instead found himself alone with the grieving mother. >> i walked towards the gate and she had a chain with a picture. she says, did you find anyone today? and i said i am sorry and she grabbed the picture and said
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my daughter. and she was crying i did not know how to talk to her. i remember walking away overwhelmed a dog will regret that as long as i live. we have all seen the worst of the worst and the best of the best. the hardest day i ever played in front of and the audience at ground zero after that would have been my father's wake. >> jefrff nolan stayed unthree months batt but if someone would have told us 10 years without an attack i would say very hard to believe if anything proud of the country no matter who is in charge. batt but nobody remembers going back to chicago with plaques on every block standing in front of his old
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home on bridgeport he sees none. that is your patriotism and old guy across the street check on that you can change the country just doing that didn't do something internally not doing something like this for credit. we used to hang out in that quarter a lot of credit. but arms and legs and figures and toes. what more can you ask of that? and i fish a lot. that is why i about here right is there. >>
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this is the place where people come to enjoy themselves. not a place that speaks of death and life birgit batt but sunny hot sticky day on coney island people come for the beaches historic what it rollercoaster and since 2001 the ballpark of the new york mets' minor league team the brooklyn the cyclones. less well known is the memorial on the ball park west wall the brooklyn wall of remembrance. an idea born to businessmen on september 11, 2001. >> 50 years of my life in brooklyn very curious to find out how many firefighters from brooklyn went over the bridge and never came home. chicago fireman came back and felt in those firehouses.
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>> a ballpark may seem like a likely location for a tribute bearing the faces of all fall that first responders. firefighters and police officers and others in uniform who rushed to the rescue on september 11th. 417 total. batt but it aspires pride and love and respect for what the public servants to do. docalvin and anita patterson ebel on the wall looking or something to remember by the park never got to forget that worked for the port authority his cousin died of a heart attack watching call co-workers job from birding towers. >> made me feel sad but also proud in terms of the people depicted here the service and dedication in their lives help to others to live. >> everybody together in their groups going into the building
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as a team and as a unit that they perished. >> took almost 14 months to dedicate the first wall and one year later a rededication to the big men and women who died. 122 out of 137 brooklyn firefighters were never found. >> where did they go? where is the closure? it is right here they can go to brooklyn and see their loved ones and gather together. >> the wall needs of lot to me because i did not have a cemetery. alice and eddy henry lost their 25 year old firefighter sot and jelly on september 11th. when i first saw this my son was not on the wall at that asked we live tag blocks from here joey was a great baseball player killed on 9/11 but he worked in manhattan. >> a lot of henry men are
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firefighters father nearly died himself now and attended chief firefighter survive the collapse of not one but both towers. >> it was black on your face likely after we looped around and found a way that the found fresh air but only briefly >> the noise was the north tower: down trapped again in total darkness and let it be called out honestly believed we were in world war three. >> the worst news still to come brother fire captain himself delivered the news joey missing data by boys went down and each day one policeman and to fire bed looking for joey but they never found ted batt but a lot of firefighters killed and we do
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a lot of them and that is what gets to me. >> nobody ever forgets what happened on 9/11 >> wearing a rocket and across that he picks the twin towns her 26 year old son james and joey henry good friends in the mother's met at memorial services >> was court to get tickets to go to chicago on in the september 11th chicago cubs- chicago white sox going with friends >> considers herself one of the lucky ones >> they found dead march 17th st. patrick's day favorite holiday we found his body the first time and buried him probably nail polish remover >> stay connected over cleaning supplies >> we go with the step ladder and clean the walls and take care of our boys pictures and all of the other boys.
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>> the brooklyn wall of remembrance traditionally the seat of a candlelight ceremony each september 10th this year at the families will decide for themselves how to honor the loved ones who died say estimated 25,000 lives. >> we want to show the whole country individual people we can get things accomplished. come to brooklyn and see the memorial you will want to come back after you see at once it is a fun place called the islets happy place where the families feel good about it. >> but the memories of all 470 on the wall at last all working in the fire department and police departments and bring them safely home to their families tonight. as always we asked this of your loving children amen.
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here we are on the roof five stories up right across the street from the world trade center side they are rebuilding. sitting here all day >> every year 9/11 at the same sick feeling in my stomach >> on 9/11 ending up for the day and do something was happening when his plate buildup that by a and >> by television of you could see the hole in the town where
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people were not sure how big it was >>and that we got called the pentagon was head and then the other tower hit the entire building shook you thought this building was going down. the picture was actually in the time life magazine the outside of the building. >> blocked every window a piece of the group with sealed bags into the brick facade was crushed all captured in a scrapbook he keeps behind the bar. >> we were not short of the building was going to be taken down with the amount of damage that happened. >> took six months to be open o'hara >> the sixth anniversary the guys came and all police officers and military fire meant putting up their patches right of their shirts every year some
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of the same guys come back from all over >> imagines that will be back again this year. >> has been all lot time but things have finally taken shape around here. >> former caterer from brooklyn takes us one block north of o'hara to fire station closest to ground zero. walked6lost six men on 9/11 firefighters to attendance and the captain. like oharas directly across the street from ground zero attracts large crowd even in the brain people coming to see the bronze tribute that stretches an entire city block few get to see inside. exception. ernst special treatment after a friend asked him if he would see the firefighters on wednesday.
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>> it would be my pleasure coming to see the ladder company after 10 years working abroad the world trade center brings back memories of that day which were one that will stay with me the best of my life. >> ladder 10 charred sign hangs on the wall replaced with a freshly painted one into a door ripped from the hinges and a memorial for the lost brothers. their names accompany latter tent on every call. batt but i think it is a true miracle with all of the destruction of around you and the estimate of the praise greatest country bravest country. next to the 18th century st. eye episcopal church another miracle the chapel and grace don't survive the chaos of 9/11 and became the closest sanctuary for beef workers like ray.
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>> a picture during the months i did volunteer work at st. paul's. >> ray volunteered your november 2001-june 2, 2000 to the day the search and rescue mission ended at ground zero. >> the priest creston patches from all over the world he said something so profound that stayed with me. in the midst of the tragedy god created the great foundation. it gave us hope and that is all that we have, is hope. >>
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this is ground 010 years later. downtown a huge resurgence is going on and the focal point is the memorial. >> 34 year old the old chicago when in survivor of the 9/11 memorial board >> one of the lucky ones people killed on the seventh floor was up 12 survivors >> to have been getting the memorial right deeply personal. >> have done what i think i can to help make this project a reality for the 10th anniversary as i walked around you will see more. >> eager to show us the heart of the memorial twin towers replaced by twin gaping holes
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that once held the foundation of 100 ted story structures. >> this is actually the first time i have seen or heard the water on. you did not hear much until within a few yards and that you can see it is spectacular. >> bronze panels are around the pools holds the victims' names. great care has been taken to or range the names not alphabetically but in groups where people died by flights by families. the 9/11 memorial officially opens family's only on september 11th for many the first opportunity to stand in the space where their mother father's sister and brother spouse or child took their final breath.
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indeed want a tree on the side that is different the be pear tree also known as the survivor tree the only sign of life here weeks after 9/11. >> it has taken 10 years and the reality once people see the finished product they are going to understand so many stakeholders downtown from the port authority to other building owners with the trains come again shared infrastructure amazing this has only taken 10 years. the >> $700 million project funded mostly by private donations. spent much of his time now working signs of support a program to fund the memorial now and forever. >> we have a number of businesses in chicago climbed on board. >> business owners r businessyan o'donnel batt but people are happy to see that we support the memorial and that helps our business people like to see that
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we want to support ofs >> to educate people. >> shows the resilience of the country what we stand for and what the bubble real needs >> so as we approach the 10th anniversary the 9/11 memorial is set to open. now married and the circle of life continues. >> having a baby decided going to have the baby in it york in order to be here to help honor the victims in all likelihood the baby will arrive in new york. out a few words about the best television station in the world. wgn hired me when i was just 26 years old i was so scared but the good people of channel 9 wrapped their arms around me and kindly taught me what i needed to know. as time passed wgn k
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